Top 10 Greatest Mario Games Of All Timeloganruckmanman Mario is the most popular and well known video game icon of all time, but which games are his best?
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This was really tough since I own a ton of Mario games, but I must say this one is the best. The story line is great. Even after you defeat the game, your still not finished. When I defeated the game, I went back to my favorite planets just for the heck of it! I really enjoyed exploring them, this is the only mario game where you can walk around without being timed and explore to your hearts content. I found secret passageways, special coins, etc. I also went back to collect stars. I hadnt collected all of them and it was such a journey! I also liked the nice little touch with the comics, and how the red star can make you fly. Truly amazing game. There were silver stars that turned into gold stars, green stars, hidden stars. The missions were amazing. When your done the game, there is this one mission where you have to beat the 3 planets, I forget what its called, its the one with the Rolling Gizmo Galaxy. Plus the soundtrack was amazing. My personal favorite is the dusty dune music. I love the launch stars! And I love how if you feed the stars a certain amount of starbits you unlock a new galaxy. There is just so much to open and explore, they really put a lot of work into this game. Extremely fun, and great to explore. I also go to the beach just to chill out. Also, they haunted galaxies were the best! Great job, honestly! Boo waltz is also amazing. - dragonfly99
How is Bowser kidnapping Peach good?! Is that why the storyline is good?!
It's my favorite game of all time. It's the first game ever to incorporate gravity like they did. This was great work by Nintendo. Some missions could be played over and over again. Storyline was great. Music was great. This game felt better than any other 3D experience I've ever played. Sonic Adventure 2 came close but the gravity is a ground breaker for me. Also there are many hidden missions similar to other Mario games. These ones were difficult to find. Nintendo will never be able to match this game. Let alone anyone will. The only thing that could've made the game better would've been incorporating multiplayer.
How is the storyline great if Princess Peach is letting herself get kidnapped by Bowser and Mario has to rescue her?!
One can argue that this game is just the same old Mario on planets, but there's a lot more to it then just new gravity. All stereotypical level themes are there, but somehow, they seem different, like a huge amp up in atmosphere was edited into the game. But this game is so charming that it is the only game I've played to take level archetypes I HATE, and made them into some levels I really enjoyed playing through. The story was perfectly excavated too. While recommend taking a trip to the library to hear more about Rosalina, you by no means have to invest in the story, and can just play you some good old fashioned platforming. I would concede to the other entree's on this list, but I seriously can't think of any real mistakes this game made. I love the 2d Mario games to death, but, I think I'm just going to linger around on Rosalina's star ship for a while.
The music is better in any other Mario game their is!V100 Comments
How come somebody said that he liked to "rescue the princess" in his comment? Peach was nice in this game but most games where she has a more girlish voice she is bossy, crabby, infantile & a home wrecker. Also, she is overrated & Super Mario 64 DS sucks! But the original N64 classic called "Super Mario 64" rocks.
3844 stars out of 10000 for Super Mario 64 DS.
9604 stars out of 10000 for the original version & a little more stars than 9604 out of 10000 for the hack games, especially Super Mario 65: Star Road. Super Mario 64 DS still needs to be in the middle of the list & I'd also like there to be a Super Sonic 64.
Play the ds one on 3ds or preferably, 2ds. The circle pad makes it feel more like the original. The multiple character thing sucks though
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Super Mario 64 (original N64 version) is the top 1 best Mario game ever and gets a 100+/100 score.
Super Mario 64 (DS version) gets a 62/100 score.
Super Mario Galaxy gets a 42/100 score.
Super Mario World gets a 90/100 score.
Super Mario Bros. 3 (original NES version) gets an 89/100 score.
Super Mario Bros. 3 (Super Mario All-Stars version) gets a 72/100 score.
Super Mario Galaxy 2 gets a 75/100 score.
Super Mario Sunshine gets a 41/100 score.
Mario Kart Wii gets a 29/100 score.
Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door gets a 36/100 score.
Mario Kart: Double Dash gets a 24/100 score.
Super Mario 3D World gets a 57/100 score.
Super Mario Bros. (original NES version) gets an 86/100 score.
Super Mario Bros. (Super Mario All-Stars version) gets a 77/100 score.
Paper Mario (the original) gets a 78/100 score.
Super Mario RPG: The Legend of the 7 Stars gets a 99/100 score.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl gets a 96/100 score.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii gets a 46/100 score.
Super Mario 3D Land gets a 49/100 score.
The original New Super Mario Bros. Gets a 35/100 score.
New Super Mario Bros. You gets a 51/100 score.
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island gets a 98/100 score.
Super Paper Mario gets a 92/100 score.
Mario Kart 8 gets a 57/100 score.
Luigi's Mansion gets a 33/100 score.
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga gets a 68/100 score.
Mario Kart 64 gets a 97/100 score.
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story gets a 28/100 score.
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team gets a 21/100 score.
Mario Kart DS gets a 30/100 score.
Mario Party 9 gets a 17/100 score.
Mario Kart 7 gets a 30/100 score.
Super Mario Kart gets a 95/100 score.
New Super Mario Bros. 2 gets a 40/100 score.
Super Smash Bros. Melee gets a 71/100 score.
The original Super Smash Bros. Gets a 98/100 score.
Super Mario All-Stars gets a 67/100 score.
Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition gets a 54/100.
Super Smash Bros. 4 (3DS version) gets an 82/100 score.
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon gets a 56/100 score.
New Super Luigi you gets a 50/100 score.
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins gets a 99/100 score.
Mario Party 8 gets a 17/100 score.
Mario Party 6 gets an 18/100 stars.
Mario Party 4 gets a 31/100 score.
Mario Party DS gets a 19/100 score.
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time gets an 85/100 score.
Mario Super Sluggers gets a 43/100 score.
Mario Party 7 gets a 13/100 score.
Yoshi's New Island gets a 49/100 score.
Super Mario Land gets an 82/100 score.
The 3DS Virtual Console version of Super Mario Land gets a 91/100 score.
Donkey Kong Jungle Beat gets a 68/100 score.
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Oh yeah, Super Mario 64 (N64) is also the most revolutionary Mario game that was ever created. - recaller
When I put this game on the list, I mean the original N64 version, not the DS version.
I believe that Super Mario 64 is now very underrated and deserves much more love. The overall aggregate critical score is now around a 9.5 score. There is nothing wrong with this game. The graphics are perfect, the level design is awesome (as well as all the levels themselves, especially Shifting Sand Land and Snowman's Land), the music is very nice (especially the Wing Cap music), Princess Peach is not annoying, the game is HD, and all other reasons. Other than that, the gameplay is very amazing and the voice acting - flawless. IGN should've given this game a 10 (aka Masterpiece) score. So could have every other critic. This video game deserves to be the top 1 highest-rated video game for these reasons, and the bosses are also very fun. I can never stop playing this game. I am guessing that this game is not the best video game of all time. Well, this is the best Nintendo game of all time. The only video game that could be better than this is Pac-Man World 1 for the PS1. Either that or SM64 for the win!
Best game ever period!V114 Comments
This is the first game I ever played and I loved it from the start. Thanks Nintendo!
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island on the SNES is much better! But this game is still great except for having to rescue Princess Peach & that Princess Daisy did not replace her. The GBA version of this game sucks. Where's Princess Daisy?!
Its a classic, the best when it first came out, the best now - ihatethisname
I play it with my grand dad
Great for you! This game is the epitome of the SNES besides Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island.
This is definitely not just my favorite Mario game it's my number 2 game of all time I would rate it 97/100 my favorite game shovel knight 2 999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999/10V54 Comments
One of the only games known to man that never ever gets old no matter how many times or how long you play it. It also provides a challenge for all ages and skills. If someone thinks they are a pro at gaming then I would like to see how they fare with some of the 7th and 8th world levels. Besides, there are some moments that cannot be replicated in any other games: the time you first find out that you can slide down the big snowy hill on 1-5 and kill all the beetles the first time you face the jumping blocks on 2-1, giant world (enough said), the level with the boot (5-3 my favorite), when you first discover what the tanooki suit or hammer suits are capable of and swearing and slamming your paddle against the screen when you keep dying on those harder than hard swimming levels in the later worlds (I hate that big fish and those strategically placed jellyfish, thank goodness for the frog suit). 100% the best game ever created, hands down!
This... Should be Number 1. Seriously, more powerups, more secrets, and more enemies than ever. This is the game, that I, recommend to everybody. But this isn't my favourite, it's
The prequel to the prequel, the original, Super Mario Brothers! But that's a story for later. Super Mario Bros. 3 introduced the koopa kids, the Mario world map, and much more, and BOY, did they succeed in that.
My first game my NES and I never finished it :( The game never had a save so I had to keep the console on for weeks. And then when I was on world 8 (one of the first stages) my dog walked past and stood on the reset button. Needless to say I never played that game again until a couple years back on an emulator and I found a cheat to warp you straight to world 8. I played a couple stages but it was honestly just way to hard and I didn't have the time, will or motivation to battle through it. But the first time I played up until world 8, was one of the best gaming experiences I have ever had. I used to wake up early on school days so I could get an hour or so game time.
Some of the best nes graphicsV49 Comments
Back in 2009, I would have answered Super Mario World. I loved the first Mario Galaxy, but just not as much as SMW. But the sequel is just too good: it solves every problem the original had, and it's plainly the best Mario game ever.
As a side note, how on Earth can Super Mario 64 be number 1? This (SMG2) is how 3D Mario should be done. SM64 is not. SMW is way better! - afpabon
It was like super Mario 64 extreme it was just amazing game-play graphic music everything this game is perfect 10/10 by the way it had the most stars (242) in any Mario game
Three words: JUST PLAIN AWESOME! No other mario game tops this one. It corrects every mistake of all the others, making it a near perfect game. - Godisawesome1
The best Mario in my opinion. I love everything about this game. To me super Mario world would be 2ndV45 Comments
This game was the BEST! I loved every element about it! It really creative with all the little features like the fruits, the scenery is actually gorgeous, the people are fun to interact with, the story is decent, and it is overall quite an enjoyable game. There's something about it that I liked more than any other game in my life, maybe the fact that the vacation theme made me feel like I was on vacation, or the cool, welcoming and brilliant setting, but whatever it is, I latched on and never let go of this game. I hope they make a sequel, something about this game gives me a warm fuzzy feeling, I hope maybe next time there is more interacting with primary non-playable characters, and that there is a more detailed story line. 100/100, no doubt, the Mona Lisa of gaming in my eyes.
I loved everything about this game, all the missions the stories, it was Mario at his finest never got how Bowser got so big though, still play it today.
I love this game it is so fun and has a great plot - footballanytime
Well, the whole "Peach getting kidnapped by Bowser" business is so overrated that I strongly prefer Super Mario 64 over this video game.
The greatest game everV44 Comments
I didn't vote for this game, but I would like to point out that every thing this game did, it did better than 3d land. 3d world has better gameplay, better visuals, MANY more power ups, Rosalina as a playable character, better music, better level design, a better story, and two of the special worlds are actually made up of unique levels, while all of the special worlds in 3d land were just lazy remakes of other levels in the game, ALL EIGHT OF THE WORLDS. Yes 3d world does that with 2 of its four, but at least the other two don't. I only wish that the characters could move in any direction, that there was actual dialogue, and that the game was longer
I feel like 3D Land was just so boring compared to other Mario games, so I was reluctant to buy 3D world, especially because of the price, but when I bought it, I was really surprised about how good it was. - SuperLonk
It's like a great 2D Mario game combined with Super Mario Galaxy and has a great multiplayer experience. What's not to love?
Better than Galaxy 2. Yeah, I SAID IT! Awesome graphics, music, and fun gameplay.
I thought Princess Peach was useful for extremely hard levels like Champion's road. - recaller
Super Mario 3D World, everybody! - PrincessKianaV43 Comments
I agree with these comments. I love this game. I would rant so much about it and NEVER STOP EVER, but I don't have much time. All I can say is, it has made up my life. Also, for fans of Super Paper Mario who say it is better, it makes me sad because I also LOVE Super Paper Mario to death and I don't want to tear it apart, but it is no Thousand Year Door, and while I agree it is amazing, I hate arguing for it because I would agree if you put it up against literally ANY OTHER GAME. Some people love this game, a few dislike it for whatever reason, many Mario fans don't think about it as a main, good game. At least it will always have me to play it over, and over, and over. By the way, I first thought this game was mediocre until I got to Chapter 3. Every chapter in this game is phenomenal, most notably 4, 6, and 8, but HOLY COW Chapter 3 takes the cake (pun because there is a cake in it somewhere) and I won't even say anything just play it and I'm so excited I'm making a run-on sentence but I don't care and play it play it play it and it is amazing and the story and concept are so fun and it is masterfully created!
I can't spell a word due to the sheer awesomeness of this game. It's not a game. It's not even an experience. This is part of your LIFE. Play it.
Really, do it. This game was the only reason I bought a GC Memory Card and a GC Controller for my Wii, and I still think it was worth it, even for the big total price I paid for all of that. The story's beautiful and funny at some times, the plot twists at every corner and HOLY COW the last two chapters just made me shed tears as how deep this game gets. This isn't a Mario game. Heck, this isn't a game in general. This just set a staple in gaming history as we all delved to the more realistic world, while THIS GAME maintained a storyline just as deep with paper-like graphics. This isn't a game. This was and IS a symbol of RPG perfection. This even showed Nintendo that, even by though the Gamecube flopped, they can still make a quality game that everyone agrees, is fantastic.
I can't say anything else. I just think some people don't consider the game, while I would put this one easily as my favorite game of all time period. Thanks for everything, Mario. You won't be forgotten.
Not for me. All the other Paper Mario games (except for Sticker Star) are way better.
Aw man, this game is my favorite on Gamecube! The storyline is very original and unique compared to other games. There are plenty of funny moments, sad moments that are really touching, and the gameplay style for an RPG is just captivating. Not to mention all the unique partners and rocking' music! This game should be higher for sure!
This is my second choice to Super Mario Sunshine. This game is truly amazing and destroys every other game in story and characters.V59 Comments
This is my best game ever. I'll say why. It has the most secret characters out of any Mario kart ever, it has my best track out of any Mario kart, it even has the best soundtrack out of any racing game even though role-playing is my best genre this is my best game ever
All the Mario Kart games that are older than Double Dash are much better! This game is average in my opinion.
I love this game so much. There's no "finish" to it so you can play forever without doing the same thing over and over again. There are different modes of playing which makes it fun. Also, unlocking the characters is so much fun! I have had the game for almost 4 years and I haven't unlocked everything yet. It's fun to try and get gold in every cup.
this game doesn't get the recognition it deserves and it is miles better than double dash
Oh? Well, true. It is much better than Double Dash. But it's an average game.
This game finally got me into Mario, I got the game in 2013 from my dad's friend. - PrincessKianaV49 Comments
This game made Mario what he is today. Without this game, we'd be stuck with Jump-man.
Not only is this the best Mario game of all time, I would also call it the BEST video game of all time! This video game saved the video game industry! Without this, video games would be nowhere as popular. I would definitely vote Super Mario Bros! - jacob_064
This game should be at least top 2. Seriously, without this awesome game, there would be no video games anymore. This is not just a video game. It is also a real superhero.
A good mario game. Shouldve been higher. Also, it was the 1ST SUPER MARIO GAME. My dream is to go to the minus world. Buy the NES!
It was ok but not that goodV20 Comments
Its already on the list!
Best Mario game ever - Martinglez
I am going to go and play it.
I don't have a Wii u but I say this game is so awesome because I'm thinking of making so many cool levels
This isn't just the best Mario game in my opinion, it's also my favorite video game! The idea of using two characters at once is really creative. More players means more items on the track, so be ready to get hit, a lot. It has amazing tracks, my rating in order: 16. Peach Beach 15. Dry Dry Desert 14. Mario Circuit 13. Luigi Circuit 12. Sherbet Land 11. Mushroom City 10. Shroom Bridge 9. Waluigi Stadium 8. Dino Dino Jungle 7. Bowser Castle 6. Daisy Cruiser 5. Baby Park 4. Rainbow Road 3. Wario Coliseum 2. DK Mountain 1. Yoshi Circuit. Another creative feature are the special items, my rating in order: 9. Fire balls 8. Triple shells of any kind 7. Giant banana 6. Hearts 5. Yoshi egg 4. Bob-omb 3. Golden Mushroom 2. Bowser Shell 1. Chain Chomp. This is what I have to say about this unique game.
Surprisingly, Peach & Daisy bonk their opponents with their bent bodies. Their bodies are bent for princesses. Also, I'd give this game mixed to negative reviews.
Why? And don't give me the voice crap! Peach has the same voice in Mario kart 64! - HeavyDonkeyKong
I love the idea of being on a team in multiplayer because most mario games are single player except the mario karts but other mario kart games are all against eachother - TheAxlErmin
Best Mario Kart game, third place behind Super Mario Sunshine and Paper Mario Thousand Year DoorV25 Comments
The DS version sucks this one is better because of the ships witch bowser jr owns and you need star coins to get to toad houses on DS and not wii
The fact that this game has a multiplayer for story mode makes it it a bit better that the DS version, I mean you can use teamwork and it's really fun.
Great levels, except 8-8 and 9-7 all levels are super balanced. Love it, will love it.
Hard, lousy, overused storyline, difficult controls, nightmarish bosses, annoying gameplay, its awful in every way (30/100)V12 Comments
I got this game on my virtual console about a year or two ago, and I gotta say, it was awesome, and kinda easy since I was a little over leveled. In fact, I thought Smithy was harder than Culex, but I was all level 30. And then there's the fact I couldn't stop playing this for about a week or two. And I got to Smithy and beat him on my first try, then the credits rolled and it said THE END, but I left for a little while and I got mad, so I turned off the game and back tracked all the way to Culex, took him on, think the Final Fantasy IV reference, and took him down without the Frying Pan. I think this game needs more attention, and I think it's my top 5 for favorite Mario games, maybe Top 3.
An instant classic with great graphics, awesome music, a big world, memorable characters, good dialogue, a good story, an awesome combat system with timed hits and enormous replay value make this the best Mario title ever, which is why I had it as #1 when I made this list! - loganruckmanman
It was top 1 when you made this list? That's great! I agree, this should be higher, the top 10, even. Some games like Super Mario 64, Super Mario Bros 3 and Super Mario World deserve their spots. So this game should be up there! - smrpg1996
Square Company and Mario was one of the best team-ups of all time. - laotahn
Super Mario RPG: The Legend of the Seven Stars is underrated as heck! Very good graphics, a huge map, nostalgic bosses, a great company/character team-up, very fun levels, this game should be top 1!V22 Comments
When I die I want this in my coffin - rockhawk8
its the best mario game I have ever played
Besides Ocarina, it's the best 64 game of all time.
So much nostalgia. My second favorite Mario game, beaten only by Mario Galaxy. Truly a classic.V17 Comments
This is the best Mario game in the world for me.. I just totally love playing with my friends and my big sister because you get to enjoy a lot and sometimes my sister thinks the game is by looking at the characters on their adventure saving Princess Peach. Vote for this game cause it is the BEST!
Great game. Brings back the nostalgia from the original Mario bros to a new game
This is much better than the wii. this just brings back great nostalgia while the Wii brings back bad memories about how hard it is
PEOPLE THAT HATE THIS GAME MUST DIE, not the best game I've played but still one of, my favorite Mario gamesV15 Comments
Why is this game only number 15 and not number 1 this epic video game is not only the best mario game it is also the best wii game and one of the best games ever to date this needs to be number one this is my favorite fighting game and is also the best fighting game ever! Only super smash bros universe can beat this!
While I do agree this game is awesome, SSBB shouldn't be here, as it isn't a Mario game, although Mario is present there.
Awesomest fighting game ever! Wi-Fi, 35 characters, even more stages, 300 songs, it's the best game ever! Vote for Brawl! It's also the Wii's best.
Not a Mario gameV20 Comments
Came out today (5/30/14) and it is AWESOME! - Berger
It's been a year (almost) since I got the game, and I have to say, this course is awesome, I still feel the same as I'd did a year ago. With DLC your never done w/ the game. Oh yeah they fixed/stopped trollers online - Berger
Best One ever! Better Item Balance, better controls, better everything! Except the battle mode. Vote for Mario Kart Wii if you only like overpowered items, really annoying character voices, and crappy controls. Mario Kart 8 is a refreshed version of Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 7. Just better. - recaller
All the Mario Kart games that are older than Mario Kart 8, Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 7 are the best Mario Karts ever!
If you look on other lists this game is in the top 5 why is it ranked so lowly? Also, play with the Wii U game pad. You'll never go back to a Wii remote. I'm glad they took about the fake item boxes I just hated the looks mainly. Bad battle mode though.
Has more over poweredV25 Comments
27? REALLY?!? This is a tough desicion, but right now, this tops all others. (Seriously, so many good games. COME ON PEOPLE! LOOK INSIDE YOUR HEART AND VOTE FOR THIS!
I never played much, but I know it's a great game, with the return of the FOX SUIT!
That is NOT the Tanooki Suit! The Tanooki Suit looks like a suit. The Fox Suit is obtained with the Super Leaf.
This was true since Super Mario 3, people! Speaking of...
Well, this game is average. I hate this game due to Princess Peach, how she got kidnapped (she was possibly frozen asleep), her horrible voice, her face, her hair & her overall appearance, pictures that show her being kidnapped and going "HELP ME! " angrily, cowardice and bad nature.
Super Mario 3D Land, though, is great because of the gameplay, the fantastic capabilities, the perfect difficulty level and the improvement of the Super Mario franchise. I also love the enemies & multiple power-ups. They are of good use.
This Game Is So Boring Compared To Super Mario 3D World. That Game Was MUCH Better Than This Game. Even Though That Game Came After This Game. But This Is Still A Good Game.
Come on? 16? This game is AWESOME! Without a doubt my favorite Mario game ever! This is a 3d Mario game that feels like a classic game!V10 Comments
This game sucks. & Toad's right. Princess Peach would be very angry if Mario weren't with her. Why did Leslie Swan & Azako Kozuki retire voicing Princess Peach? How they voiced Princess Peach was perfect, but now she's giving us the evil eye after being noticed that she has appeared the most out of other female video game characters in video game histry. I loathe Princess Peach's appearance. She makes so much big deals out of nothing.
I still play it and my favorite mission was that little baby - fuekongyang
Amazing when Luigi steps out of Mario's shadow and into the light
My favourite game of all time. Top quality gamecubeV5 Comments
Level 3-3 (to me) was one of the toughest levels in the game. I'm stuck on 4-4. YOU HAVE TO GO ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE WALL TO A DOOR BUT THE AREA WITH THE DOOR ON IT HAS AN IMPOSSIBLE JUMP!
This game deserves better. The story is well thought out and the characters are original. The only problem is that the 3-D landscape is not very visual compared to 2-D.
It may not be the best, but Super Paper Mario deserves more love. I've played through it at least five times because of the story. The dialogue is clever and funny and the puzzles are interesting too. The ending also made me get teary. It's just the kind of game you won't forget, no matter the flaws.
Beautiful sound track and love story. This deserves number 1!V29 Comments
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